Roy relieved to be working for Evans

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane knows that he's lucky to be working for Marcus Evans.“I've lost the fans and I'm fortunate to have a supportive chairman in Marcus Evans and chief executive in Simon Clegg,” said the Blues manager ahead of today's Championship game at fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough (kick-off 3pm).

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane knows that he's lucky to be working for Marcus Evans.

“I've lost the fans and I'm fortunate to have a supportive chairman in Marcus Evans and chief executive in Simon Clegg,” said the Blues manager ahead of today's Championship game at fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough (kick-off 3pm).

“They have shown patience and backed me. But if you're not winning games those in charge of clubs decide that the time is up.


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“There is no doubt about that and it doesn't scare me.

“I live in the real world and appreciare that our fans have been wonderfully patient and tolerant with me.

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“But this was used up in the final 25 minutes of last Tuesday's defeat at Peterborough. It was hard to take for everybody at the club.

“I can understand thour fans' reaction 100% - I know I need to do better. It's going to be a battle to get them back onboard - hopefully starting against Wednesday.

“I've been lucky with fan support all my life and I've not had highs all the while.”

Reflecting on his time at Portman Road having replaced Jim Magilton last April former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland star Keane went on:

“I came here to get this club promoted not to be involved in a relegation battle.

“It is something I've got to deal and we've got some important games coming up - and some interesting times.

“Managers lose their jobs and some even on good runs like Mark Hughes.

“The pressure is certainly on and it is something I will deal with and enjoy.”

While aware that his managerial future at Portman Road might be on the line over the next few weeks, Keane's love of football will never go away.

“I'm not going to talk about what my thoughts might be if we go down. We have plenty of games left and I have faith in the quality of my squad.

“I couldn't do a normal job.

“I had four or five months out of the game and I need something to excite me. Something to challenge me.

“I worked for Sky Sports a couple of times and that was a cushy number.”

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